Welcome to Kindergarten!

We are so excited to welcome you to the Public Schools Branch and to your new school! 

Next week the Kindergarten teachers at Greenfield School  will be calling you to Welcome You To Kindergarten!  Due to COVID-19, we are not able to offer the in-person Welcome to Kindergarten program before September.  However, making connections with the school and the staff is still very important.  When you receive a call from a Kindergarten teacher, she will be able to answer your questions, provide you with some information and arrange an appointment for you to pick up your Welcome to Kindergarten Bag!  This free bag contains wonderful supplies that you and your child can use to continue developing many great skills your child will need for Kindergarten. 

You are your child’s first teacher!  Check out the Welcome to Kindergarten videos to find creative ways you and your child can use the materials inside the bag to prepare for an exciting year of  learning at school!

https://www.thelearningpartnership.ca/programs/welcome-to-kindergarten/learning-through-play-videos

If you have a Kindergarten age child and still need to register for school this September, please call 902-368-4638 or email sburke@edu.pe.ca.

We are looking forward to meeting you and your children!  See you very soon!

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Message from Parker Grimmer, Director of the Public Schools Branch

May 13, 2020

Dear Parents/Guardians, Students, and Staff;

Our teachers, administrators, support staff, branch staff, parents, and students are working incredibly hard to adapt to the new reality of at-home learning during COVID-19. The pandemic has presented challenges for many including parents working and balancing home life, teachers developing remote lesson plans to fit different students’ needs, and students looking for new ways to stay connected to friends and learning. There are many successes and members of our PSB community are meeting these new demands with determination and enthusiasm.

We all know how adaptable and resilient PSB students, parents, educators, and staff are in the best of times, and through these difficult times each group has shown this in more ways than ever before. We admire our teachers and other branch staff, parents, and students who are teaching us all lessons in perseverance.

Amazing examples of this include the food programs that have been supporting our families. PSB staff were able to deliver the Department of Agriculture food hampers directly to many families across the Island who did not have access to a vehicle. Our School Food Program provided 6,006 meals to 858 students last week, a 12% increase over the previous week.

Another success story is the Respite Program that began this week. Students who had been receiving individualized support at school from an Education Assistant, Youth Service Worker, or other Student Services Team Member may receive a 2 to 3 hour blocks of play/game based respite care on a scheduled basis. These examples of people coming together and working hard to help others is inspiring to all of us.

By following the public health measures, Islanders have also experienced success as a province in reducing the number of COVID-19 cases in PEI. In doing so we are seeing some of the public health measures relaxed. The Department of Education and Lifelong Learning will likely soon be making an announcement about the reinstatement of early childhood programs, including those for school aged children housed in schools, to assist parents who are returning to work.

As we move through the sixth week of at-home learning, it is an excellent time to thank students, teachers, parents, and staff for their ongoing commitment to learning together, while always remaining safe. Our shared goal is to ensure the successful completion of the school year for all students and to support students as they advance to the next grade, earn credits, and for some to graduate.

We all have an important role in keeping students motivated and engaged for these next weeks. Teachers continue to have high expectations for students and we all want students to continue to have high expectations for themselves. The work we are doing together is about helping students succeed and prepare for the future.

It is important to take time to reflect on how much we have all achieved thus far by working together. Be proud of your accomplishments. We here at the PSB are very proud of you.

Keep learning and take care,

Parker Grimmer

Director, Public Schools Branch

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Hello and Updates!

Staff continues to meet on school related items and concerns.  Here is the picture of our last meeting. Everyone has their favourite mug!

Some of our students with special needs will be participating in the Respite Program beginning at Athena School this week.  If other parents are interested in the program, they can call or email directly to the program.  Please email respite@edu.pe.ca or call 902-368-4997 if you are interested in receiving more information.

We know parents have many questions.  Answers will be coming as the PSB works with the Office of the Chief Medical Officer to determine what can happens as the province moves through the Renew PEI process.  Here is the link to that document which outlines the guiding principles and phased approach to reopening businesses, services and public spaces in Prince Edward Island:  www.princeedwardisland.ca/renewPEI  Parents can be sure that we will provide information as quickly as we can as it becomes available.

Further information is available on the provincial government’s response to COVID-19, including resources, program applications and important public health information by visiting: www.princeedwardisland.ca/COVID19

We are thinking about our Grade 6 students and the activities that might happen for them as they say goodbye to Greenfield and plan for Summerside Intermediate School.  Grade 6 teachers are talking and planning. More will be coming on this.

Our Kindergarten Team is thinking about our incoming Kindergarten students for September 2020 and will be in touch with all parents next week. A further post will be coming.

We hope of students and parents are staying well and that our students are participating in the Home Learning activities their teachers are providing.  There is much hard work and creativity in our teachers’ weekly lessons!  Parents are welcome to contact their child’s teacher at any time. Emails are on this website under GREENFIELD STAFF.

Stay safe, everyone!

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Join Jay Scotland Today at 11:00 for a Weather Lesson!

Parents and their children are invited to join meteorologist Jay Scotland for his next special CBC PEI Facebook Live weather lesson on Wednesday, May 13 at 11 a.m. The topic will be cloud formations.

Hundreds of parents, teachers and students joined his first two classes.

This will be the third of four virtual weather classes. It will be engaging, interactive and participants will have the chance to ask Jay their weather questions.

This is a perfect chance for elementary students (Grades 4-6), to learn from our CBC Compass meteorologist.

Jay would also like to receive drawings / colourings from the students of their favourite season. Parents can send them to Jay via his Jay Scotland Weather Facebook page @JayScotlandWeather.

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FISHER MAC 🐾 and FUN FRIDAY 😊

FISHER MAC 🐾 and FUN FRIDAY 😊

HARRIET PLAY WITH “4 VOICES”:

Speak Whisper Call Sing

You can find a favourite teddy and play with your 4 voices too!

Have fun✌🏼❤️🎶🐾😊

Watch Harriet’s video on Fisher Mac’s Facebook site!

 

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FISHER MAC 🐾 and THINK SPRING and SUMMER THURSDAY😊

FISHER MAC 🐾 and THINK SPRING and SUMMER

THURSDAY😊

GATOR MEMORIES🐊 – 2 FAVOURITES😊

This first song takes us back to THE LITTLEST BROWN TULIP BULB:

Wee Gators and Walking on Sunshine ☀️Lets bring on the sunshine!

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qK5KhQG06xU&feature=share


This second song has been inspired by Charley and MacKenna! They shared this song earlier this week! Charley and MacKenna,you did such a great job at this that I just wanted to post The Cup Song words, ukulele and guitar chords plus the CUP pattern!
☕️

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cmSbXsFE3l8&feature=share

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FISHER MAC 🐾 and WORD WEDNESDAY😊

FISHER MAC 🐾 and WORD WEDNESDAY😊

🎶 RHYMES and COMPOSING 🎶

SONG: FISHER MAC from PEI

Loved to catch leaves up high

He likes to wear a plaid bow tie

FISHER MAC from PEI

See the video and ukulele chords on FISHER MAC’S Facebook page! ✌🏼❤️🎶🐾😊

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Message from Parker Grimmer, Director, Public Schools Branch

May 6, 2020

Dear Parents/Guardians, Students, and Staff;

Welcome to May! Since COVID-19 reached Prince Edward Island, I have been separately reaching out to students, parents, and PSB staff through daily and weekly letters. As we usher in the new month, I am pleased to be writing my first joint letter to all of you. It seems very appropriate to do so as we have been coping with the pandemic together all along.

During his Thursday briefing last week, the Minister of Education and Lifelong Learning, Brad Trivers recognized students, parents, and staff for their continued partnership in support of learning. He also said, “Our top priority remains the health and well-being of children and we will continue to look at ways to support children and families, address gaps and ensure all Islanders have the necessary tools and resources available to succeed now and as we plan for learning in September.”

Students, parents, and staff are encouraged to read the Renew PEI, Together document which outlines the guiding principles and phased approach to reopening businesses, services and public spaces in Prince Edward Island. www.princeedwardisland.ca/renewPEI

Further information is available on the provincial government’s response to COVID-19, including resources, program applications and important public health information by visiting: www.princeedwardisland.ca/COVID19

Public Schools Branch and the Department of Education and Lifelong Learning are committed to supporting students, parents, and staff during the final weeks of the school year. The safety of our students and staff is paramount and all operational plans for programs and activities will be reviewed and endorsed for their safety. All school-based services will follow public health guidelines that allow for physical distancing, hygiene protocols and the proper cleaning of schools.

I am pleased to share with you additional details around the announcements Minister Trivers made last week during his briefing. The details for some programs and services are still being worked on and we greatly appreciate the support and patience of everyone during this process. We will communicate further details when finalized.

Respite Care

Beginning May 11, several designated schools will open to offer a respite program. Families who have a child that is supported by an Educational Assistant (EA) or Youth Service Worker (YSW) while attending school, may be eligible for a few hours of respite care per week while schools are closed. Please email respite@edu.pe.ca or call 902-368-4997 if you are interested in receiving more information.

Learning Materials

Teachers continue to connect with students and support at-home learning based on a compacted curriculum, and learning resources are regularly being updated and made available online and in paper form. Chromebooks have been distributed to hundreds of students. Student Services Teams also continue to provide supports to students and families.

Ongoing Student/Teachers Connections

Since home learning began, students have been connecting with teachers in many ways. Beginning on June 15, students and teachers may have the opportunity to connect beyond phone calls, emails and approved technology, should they wish. Further details will be communicated in the coming weeks.

Transitions and Closings

During the week of June 22, and in consultation with students and parents, schools may offer innovative year-end and closing activities that will enable students to connect with their teachers and classmates and bring closure to the school year. This may include activities to support students who will be transitioning to new schools in the fall.

Student Well-being Teams

Student Well-Being Teams continue to connect with and support students and their families throughout PEI. The Student Well-Being Team’s website has been enhanced to make connecting to a team member easier. If you need some support, please visit the link below and click on your Family of Schools: https://www.princeedwardisland.ca/en/information/education-and-lifelong-learning/student-well-being-teams

Hand Head Heart Connections TV Shows

The Hand Head Heart Connections home learning TV shows are being very well received by students and parents. If you are not an Eastlink customer or do not have access to a television, you can find episodes of Hand Head Heart Connections on the Eastlink Community TV YouTube channel https://www.youtube.com/user/eastlinktv/videos

Please reach out by email or call our main number at 902-368-6990 if you have any questions or comments. We will respond to you as quickly as we can. Much can be accomplished when we work together. We are grateful to our students, parents, and staff for working together and supporting each other.

Parker Grimmer

Director, Public Schools Branch

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Fisher Mac’s Tuesday Adventures!

FISHER MAC🐾 and TAPPING TUESDAY😊

Let’s Keep Rocking This Spring with GRADES 4, 5, & 6

Today’s adventure continues with the AWESOME BUCKET DRUMMER – COACH K!

COACH K Video 1 – https://youtu.be/iTCcatGJ9Sk

Be sure to check out Fisher Mac’s Musical Adventures to see the next steps (with visuals)!

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News from Provincial Home and School

Home and School News, May 2020

A unique opportunity:
Right now we are living in a period of time where 75 years from now, people are going to be looking back and they’re going to say, ‘Do you remember when there was that COVID-19 global crisis?  https://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/prince-edward-island/pei-archives-covid-19-project-1.5518997   Home and School presidents/co-chairs are invited to add a COVID-19 story to 2020 Annual Reports and send to: peihsf@sedu.pe.ca  for inclusion in the online 2020 Annual Book of Reports.             

Public School Branch:
Educators prepared online teaching, learning materials for students and guidelines for parents to support a successful home learning experience during COVID-19 school closures. Go to Home Learning Resources StudentsAchieve is available for teachers to mass email parents and students! In order to avoid any confusion, the Public Schools Branch will leave SAS “off” for now. If you would like updated information on your child’s progress from earlier this year or during the home learning situation, please contact your child’s teacher. When schools re-open, PSB will make SAS available again to parents and students!

Fun Changes Behaviour
Go home, stay home, exercise and eat well. You can remain active. Social isolation and physical distancing can be tough on children and families. Taking regular breaks to be active will help. Visit: Kidsactivitiesblog.com for a collection of educational YouTube channels for kids, dozens of online field trips that can take you to different parts of the world.

Awards:
Home and Schools can continue to submit 2020 School Crossing Guard and School Bus Driver award nominations to peihsf@edu.pe.ca up to June 30th. Presentations will be arranged when school resumes. More details at: https://peihsf.ca/awards

Well-Being Tips for Families:
Is your child acting different, showing signs of fear or distancing themselves? Ask them how they feel and if they want to talk. If you are concerned about their mental health and well-being, reach out to your Student Well-being Team for assistance.

Here’s the list:

Bluefield Family of Schools Bluefield High School 902-675-7480 ext 230

Charlottetown Rural Family of Schools Stonepark Intermediate School 902-368-6085 ext 242

Colonel Gray Family of Schools St. Jean Elementary School 902-368-6985 ext 3

Kensington-Kinkora Families of Schools Kensington Intermediate/Senior High School 902-836-8901

Montague Family of Schools  Montague Regional High School 902-838-0835 ext 241

Morell and Souris Families of Schools Morell Regional High School 902-961-7345

Three Oaks Family of Schools Summerside Intermediate School 902-888-8470 ext 234

Westisle Family of Schools Hernewood Intermediate School 902-859-0390

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